March 9th, 2019, Koinonia Dinner Menu

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our Koinonia Cares Charity Auction ticket includes delicious dinner & desserts prepared by Executive Chef  Germund Thomsen:

Exotic greens with Raspberry or Ranch dressing
Fresh fruit salad
Marinated pasta salad

Roast New York strip loin in a mushroom Bordelaise sauce
Herb Roasted potatoes
Whole green beans with diced tomatoes and basil
Filet of Cod in a mornay sauce 
Rice Pilaf
Southwestern vegetable medley
Assorted Rolls and butter 

Dessert stations to include the following: 
Baked Alaska
Dutch apple bake or Banana Pudding
Chocolate cake 
Carrot cake
Cheesecake with fruit topping 

Iced tea and water station
Coffee station
Sandwiches available for children on request


Koinonia Auction Benefits from Culinary Expertise of Long-time Chef



Che f Germund B. Thomsen prepared the food for the 2018 Koinonia Cares Charity Auction and will again prepare and serve the food at the 2019 Koinonia Cares Charity Auction. The menu for the 2018 auction included tossed salad, fresh fruit salad, stuffed chicken breast in Chablis sauce, parsley buttered new potatoes, pepper steak, white rice pilaf, whole green beans with carrots, steamed broccoli, rolls and beverages. A dessert station had a variety of cakes, banana pudding, fruit cobbler and baked Alaska. We look forward to enjoying an equally delicious meal from Chef Thomsen in 2019.


Read more about Chef Thomsen:

Thomsen was executive chef at the Radisson Governor’s Inn in Research Triangle Park for 30 years. After retiring in 2014, he was hired by Wake Forest Baptist Church in August as its chef for Wednesday night suppers.

Thomsen was born in Denmark and when he was 12 years old his family immigrated to the United States. His father, a pastry chef, moved the family to Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 1984, Thomsen moved to North Carolina to work at the Governor’s Inn—first as a sous chef and then promoted to executive chef. He retired when the hotel was sold to Research Triangle Foundation which demolished it and is determining the land’s future use.